Look at these beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes we picked up yesterday at the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market.
We had never been down to the Farmer’s Market before and wanted to check it out before the season ended. We normally don’t go because we are overflowing with vegetables from our CSA. Even though we have had a lot of food from our CSA we have been generally unhappy with this new CSA and had planned to switch to a CSA in Park City next year. After seeing the farmer’s market yesterday we are re-thinking our plan. The farmer’s market was huge and wonderful. It’s so nice to be able to walk around and pick the best of the lot and still be buying locally direct from the farmer. At the farmer’s market we can get what is in season, but at the amounts that are right for us. I just don’t think I can take another week of summer squash and zucchini this year. We are considering making a commitment to drive down to Salt Lake every saturday morning (or every other) and go to the farmer’s market instead. While it is 30 miles for us, it is still considerably less than the mileage that grocery store veg are shipped. We also have a much smaller Park City farmer’s market that would also provide some food. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this if you’ve struggled with a similar dilemma (CSA vs Farmer’s market).
I bet you want to know what I did with those tomatoes! I sliced them in halves or quarters depending on size and added some sliced basil. Then I mixed up a vinaigrette from olive oil, balsamic, garlic, salt, and pepper and added some of the dressing to the tomatoes and then gave them an extra little sprinkle of salt. Here is the tomato salad: